Poles Apart?:The Extent of Similarity between Online Extremist and Non-Extremist Message Content

Prentice, Sheryl and Taylor, Paul (2021) Poles Apart?:The Extent of Similarity between Online Extremist and Non-Extremist Message Content. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

Within studies of extremism, extremist and non-extremist messages are generally treated as two sets of competing constructed narratives. However, some research has argued that these message forms are not dichotomous and that non-extremist narratives demonstrate overlap with extremist master narratives. The aim of this paper is to test this hypothesis empirically by comparing 250 extremist, 250 mainstream and 250 counter-extremist messages. The paper finds considerable overlap between extremist and non-extremist material. However, an analysis of underlying content suggests that this overlap may not be so much due to the extensive adoption of an extremist master narrative by non-extremist authors, but rather a question of resistance and positioning, specifically, who are authors resisting and why? The findings have implications for counter-extremism policy.

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Journal Article
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Frontiers in Psychology
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162529
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Deposited On:
22 Nov 2021 16:50
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Yes
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22 Nov 2022 10:47